Round our way

Sam Hanna's visual legacy

By Heather Nicholson

Round our way
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  • ISBN: 9781838369361
  • Publish Date: Jun 2024
  • Publisher: Pendle Press
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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN: 978-1-8383-6936-1
    • Pages: 176
    • Price: £25.00
    • Published Date: June 2024


    Sam Hanna (1903-96), a pioneering filmmaker from Burnley, Lancashire, was dubbed the 'Lowry of filmmaking' by BBC broadcaster Brian Redhead in the 1980s. The well-meant label stuck, even though it misses the variety of Hanna's remarkable output.

    Hanna's intimate glimpses into the lives of strangers enable us to imagine the possible stories that lie behind the images. Away from mid-century exponents of documentary filmmaking and photography, Hanna shows us humanity and a microcosm of a world in change, where his subjects are caught up in issues far beyond their grasp that we, as onlookers years later, encounter and see afresh.

    Written and curated by historian Heather Norris Nicholson, Round our way combines stills, essays and archive photography to document Hanna's unique visual record on film, particularly in northern England, but also further afield, during decades of profound change.


    'A treasure trove of England well worth exploring.'
    Sukhdev Sandhu, Prospect magazine


    Part I
    Essay 1: Sam Hanna's life - Heather Norris Nicholson
    Essay 2: Amateur film/photography - Heather Norris Nicholson
    Part II
    1 Family life and private moments
    2 Social lives, memorable times and a sense of duty
    3 A teacher, filmmaker and inventor
    4 The homefront and life in the 1940s
    5 Tradition and rural crafts
    6 Friendship and growing up in a changing world
    7 Sporting lives
    8 Out and about
    9 Prominence and legacy
    10 Round our way 2024


    Heather Norris Nicholson has a background in interdisciplinary teaching and research, including social change, tourism history, migration history, cultural identity and memory, and also indigenous documentary filmmaking in Canada.

    Round our way

    By Heather Nicholson

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